Renewal, Resilience, Hope: Jewish Responses

Summertime Jewish Learning Across the Twin Cities

As a community, we have a rich tradition that can help us navigate troubling times – from personal hardships, to communal tragedy, to global calamity. This summer, nine members of our local clergy, through texts ancient and modern, will explore some of these responses.

All classes are FREE and open to anyone. Drop in for one session or come to all of them! No registration required.

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Meeting ID:
889 5971 6452

Many thanks to the participating clergy for giving their wisdom and time to make this program possible.


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The Roots and Threads of Jewish Hope
Rabbi Sharon Stiefel, Mayim Rabim

June 15, 7:00 PM

Public Grief & Jewish Moral Imagination: A Call to Hope
Rabbi Michael Latz, Shir Tikvah
June 21, 12:00 PM

Summertime and the Livin’ is Not Easy: Rituals of the Three Weeks
Rabbi Adam Rubin, Beth Jacob
June 28, 12:00 PM

A Garment for the Moon
Rabbi Alexander Davis, Beth El
July 7, 12:00 PM
We will explore a tale by Reb Nachman about the waxing and waning of the moon as a parable for renewal.

Tikvah: A Vision for Jewish Hope in the Face of COVID-19, Israel at 73, and the Climate in 2021
Rabbi Sim Glaser, Temple Israel
July 13, 11:00 AM

3 times 3 Paradigms for Resilience
Rabbi Esther Adler, Mount Zion
July 21, 7:00 PM
We will study 3 well-known three-part texts as paradigms for resilience and explore how each can help us find resilience in our own lives and situations.

Melody/Memory/Mi Shebeirach-The 3 M’s of Healing Prayer
Cantor Tamar Havilio, Bet Shalom
July 29,  12:00 PM

Renewing Connection to God through Renewing Confidence in Oneself
Rabbi Marcus Rubenstein, Temple of Aaron
August 5, 7:00 PM
We will explore recently published, never before translated pieces from Rav Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook’s (the first chief rabbi of mandatory Palestine) journals on how confidence in oneself can help one connect to God. As we shift our focus to the High Holidays, these pieces are essential for personal preparation for the renewal hopefully experienced on the holidays.

A Renewed Jewish Response to Disaster
Rabbi Harold Kravitz, Adath Jeshurun
August 10, 12:00 PM
We will consider the ideas presented in Rabbi Edward Feld’s book: Spirit of Renewal: Finding Faith After the Holocaust which shows how, even under the most traumatic of circumstances, Judaism survives, renewing itself and flourishing again.


Hineni: Adult Jewish Learning and Contemplative Practices | Talmud Torah of St. Paul

In partnership with Adath Jeshurun, Bet Shalom, Beth El, Beth Jacob, Mayim Rabim, Mount Zion, Shir Tikvah, Temple Israel, and Temple of Aaron